Jon Daniels: Nelson Cruz, David Murphy, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, Elvis Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Bengie Molina, Cliff Lee, Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre and Yu Darvish.
Nolan Ryan: Roy Oswalt
I’m not saying that Nolan doesn’t have any power with the Rangers but he’s not the architect of the team. The GM is the person in charge of making the deals that bring the players. Nolan is important but not in the way that many fans seem to think.
If he walks away the team will still continue to be successful with its young front office featuring some of the brightest minds in the game.
Things will be okay folks.
The Rangers finally won a game in spring training. The world is not ending. Whatever unfounded worries you had can be eased now.
And Lance Berkman looked good in his debut which included a hit, two runs scored and a nine-pitch walk.
As you were.
Welcome to your one stop for all things Texas Rangers-related on Twitter. The following directory contains all major and minor league players who have Twitter accounts. If you know of someone not on here then leave a comment or contact me (@SDIJamesHolland) on Twitter.
Jorge Alfaro (catcher): @J_Alfar011
Elvis Andrus (shortstop): @ElvisandrusSS1
Chad Bell (pitcher): @ChadBell19
Engel Beltre (center field): @engelbeltre07
Jairo Beras (outfield): @jairoberas
Julio Borbon (center field): @JulioBorbon20
Jake Brigham (pitcher): @jbrigham49
Lewis Brinson (outfield): @LewisBrinson
Dusty Brown (catcher): @TheDustyBrown
Cody Buckel (pitcher): @CheatCode07
Zach Cone (outfielder): @ZachCone
Nelson Cruz (outfielder): @ncboomstick17
Yu Darvish (pitcher) @faridyu
Kellin Deglan (catcher) @keldegs
Cj Edwards (pitcher) @CEdwardsSBS
Neftali Feliz (pitcher): @NefFeliz
Josh Frasier (bullpen catcher): @Frasier66
Joey Gallo (third base): @JoeyGallo24
Leury Garcia (utility): @leurygarcia1
Ben Henry (pitcher): @bhenry22
Hickory Crawdads Bullpen: @CrawdadsBullpen
Derek Holland (pitcher): @Dutch_Oven45
Jared Hoying (outfielder): @jhoying3035
Jamie Jarmon (outfield): @jjarmon34
Colby Killian (pitcher): @ColbyKillian
Michael Kirkman (pitcher): @kirkman44
Will Lamb (pitcher): @LamboLeap30
Josh Lindblom (pitcher): @JoshLindblom52
Leonys Martin (center field): @leonys27martin
Nick Martinez (pitcher): @nickmartinez10
Joe Nathan (closer): @JoeNathan36
Michael Olt (third base): @molt2222
Joseph Ortiz (pitcher): @josephortiz_450
Zach Osborne (pitcher): @Zach_oz
Martin Perez (pitcher): @MartinPerez33D
Jurickson Profar (shortstop): @JURICKSONPROFAR
Jimmy Reyes (pitcher): @jimmymreyes
Josh Richmond (outfielder): @Richie_Rich02
Drew Robinson (shortstop) @drewrobinsonnn
Ryan Rodebaugh (pitcher): @Rodenbagger89
Ben Rowen (pitcher): @B_Rowen
Robbie Ross (pitcher): @Ross_108
Ryan Anthony Rua (shortstop): @Rua_Numba_2
Jake Skole (outfielder): @JakeSkole15
Ryne Slack (pitcher): @slack28
Brandon Snyder (first base): @BrandonSnyder29
Joakim Soria (pitcher): @joakimsoria
Ryan Strausborger (center field): @Ryan_Straus
Yoshinori Tateyama (pitcher): @tatetatetateyan
Nick Urbanus (infielder): @NickUrb
Joe Van Meter (pitcher): @JVanMeter28
Brett Weibley (pitcher): @wild_stallion5
Doug Glanville @dougglanville
Gabe Kapler: @gabekapler
Kevin Mench: @KMench28
Ivan Rodriguez: @Pudge_Rodriguez
Todd Stottlemyre: @ToddStottlemyre
Fernando Tatis: @FernandoTatis17
Carlos Olivas (trainer-Frisco): @THECarlosOlivas
Front Office and Broadcast:
Jim Sundberg : @backstop10
John Blake (V.P. of Communications): @RangerBlake
Chuck Morgan (The Voice of the Rangers): @TEXPAMAN
Eric Nadel (Radio Booth): @nadeler
Emily Jones (T.V.): @EmilyJonesFSN
Texas Rangers : @Rangers
Round Rock Express (AAA): @RRExpress
Frisco RoughRiders (AA): @RidersBaseball
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (A): @Pelicanbaseball
Hickory Crawdads (A): @HickoryCrawdads
Spokane Indians (short season A): @spokaneindians
Media and others:
Evan Grant (Dallas Morning News): @Evan_P_Grant
Anthony Andro (Fox Sports Southwest): @aandro
Jeff Wilson (Fort Worth Star-Telegram): @JeffWilson_FWST
Jamey Newberg (Newberg Report): @NewbergReport
Adam Morris (Lone Star Ball): @lonestarball
T.R. Sullivan (MLB.com): @Sullivan_Ranger
Local Sports Talk Radio Hosts:
Gavin Dawson (The Fan): @gavindawson
Greg Williams (The Fan): @TCUWhiteTrash
Mark Elfenbein (The Fan): @iamelf
Josh Lewin (The Fan): @joshlewinstuff
Shan Shariff (The Fan): @NewSchoolSS
RJ Choppy (The Fan): @rjchoppy
Richie Whitt (The Fan): @richiewhitt
Bob Sturm (The Ticket): @SportsSturm
Mike Rhyner (The Ticket): @theoldgreywolf
George Dunham (The Ticket): @GeorgeDunham
The Texas Rangers signed veteran lefty Nate Robertson to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training on Monday.
Roberston last pitched in the majors in 2010 posting a 5.95 ERA in 101 innings. He also had a 1.549 WHIP, 63 BB, 42 K, 4.80 WHIP and a 0.5 fWAR.
He has only had an ERA below 4.00 once in his career. (3.84 in 2005).
I’m not really high on him but Texas is seemingly stockpiling a lot of pitchers to compete for bullpen roles in 2013 and a lefty reliever is needed.
So if I were a member of the BBWAA and had a ballot for the 2013 HOF I would vote for three people: Craig Biggio, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens.
Now before you start whining about PED’s you must understand that Clemens and Bonds were hall of famers well before they were suspected of using drugs. One cannot deny that. Then you have to consider the fact that neither of those players ever tested positive for any PED’s.
Craig Biggio was a great hitter in his own right and no suspicion surrounds him.
That is all.
Lance Berkman is officially a Texas Ranger which is a move that I really like. It’s a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2014. In my opinion it solidified the lineup and along with AJ Pierzynski makes up for the loss of Mike Napoli and Josh Hamilton.
One has to wonder just how bad Napoli’s hip is if he can’t pass a physical and Berkman can.
To make room for Berkman on the 40-man roster Texas DFA’d reliever Tommy Hottovy. I never believed Hottovy would make the team out of spring training anyway but more on that later this week on SDI.
The Texas Rangers have signed left handed catcher and somewhat polarizing figure A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal pending a physical according to T.R. Sullivan. No details yet on the money but I would assume it would be in the $7-8 million range.
Pierzynski had a career season in 2012 in which he hit .278/.326/.501 with 27 HR and 77 RBI. He credited the season to working with his former hitting coach. Being a left handed power hitter at RBIA should benefit him this season as well. A one-year deal is also good considering that he is 36 and it keeps Texas from having a long-term deal with an aging player who will eventually regress.
It has been confirmed that the Rangers met with both A.J. Pierzynski and Cody Ross yesterday.
Pierzynski is a left handed hitting catcher whose numbers last year were .278/.326/.501 with 27 HR, 77 RBI and a 3.4 fWAR. Bill James has him projected at .269/.310/.422 with 17 HR and 61 RBI for 2013. I would imagine his power numbers would actually be higher than projected if he was hitting at RBIA.
Cody Ross is a right handed hitting outfielder whose 2012 numbers were .267/.326/.481 with 22 HR, 86 RBI and a 2.4 fWAR. His 2013 projections are .259/.321/.444 with 19 HR and 69 RBI.
Personally I prefer Nick Swisher over Cody Ross but Ross will be cheaper. And while I like the idea of Texas having Pierzynski I believe they could have Kelly Shoppach at a cheaper price and he puts up good defensive numbers.
Contrary to what the new Scott Swaim, I’m referring to Charlie Burkowitz, said the Rangers have NOT signed Edwin Jackson. I find it funny that Burkowitz said that he was reporting people who slandered him to the police and then he makes up a story about Nick Swisher having gonorrhea.
Pot meet kettle.
More news as it happens.
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God Josh Hamilton signing with the Angels today it got me thinking about how much money the Angels have invested in older players. I looked over the Angels and Rangers rosters to do a little comparison involving players that are 32 and older. I realize that Josh is 31 but he turns 32 in May so there’s that.
Angels Players 32 and Over:
Total Money Invested: $473.25 million
Rangers Players 32 and Over:
Total Money Invested: $95.125 million
Yeah that’s a pretty big difference. What makes this worse for the Angels is the fact that they have virtually nobody in their farm system after trading away their three best prospects to obtain a couple of months of Zack Greinke’s services. Good luck with all of that Angels. The Rangers are still spending wisely and have a huge youth movement waiting.